Local 913, Episode 10: Mad Rapture
The mysterious Pittsburgh-based electro-acoustic duo, Mad Rapture began in 2012 releasing two EPs within a few months of each other. Their sound can be described as both alluring and experimental, especially on their new release, Rubicon. The duo, which normally refers to themselves as M (Maia) and P (Patrick), are DJ and bassist Patrick McGinley and vocalist Maia Rodriguez. Combining electronic elements with hip-hop, soul, and acoustic pop, Mad Rapture’s three releases are solid and captivating, yet still leave room for the songs to breathe. It’s always refreshing when a musician knows when to leave space. According to McGinley, the album Rubicon “was written during trying times for the band—family passings, heartache, and similarly large life changes. This in mind, the title Rubicon is a head nod to Caesar's tale of crossing the point of no return.” This band has a good groove, but also can be challenging with sweeping dynamics that can be surprising, but always are smooth. If you like Lauryn Hill, Lorde, or Zero 7, you’ll probably like Mad Rapture a lot. For more information visit Mad Rapture's website.